About five years ago, I started volunteering as a door greeter at church. It was fun since my whole job was just welcoming people into church. Since my son was in high school and my husband served in a different ministry, it was a simple way for me to be involved at church without any added stress or preparation at home.
About six months after I started working the doors, I realized what I was doing was an actual ministry. Before this, I saw myself as just opening the doors for people and helping them get to where they needed to go.
But one morning that all changed when a young woman timidly walked up to my door. It was obvious she had never been there before as she tried to figure out where to enter and what to do. I approached her with a smile, ready to walk her to wherever she wanted to go.
But something switched in my heart. I realized I wasn’t just helping a new person find the auditorium. I was helping a lost soul find Jesus. I asked her about herself, and she began opening up to me. After the service, I tracked her down and we continued our conversation. She was all alone and just in need of a friend.
That started my weekly journey to find one person that is all alone and show them compassion and love. It’s been five years since I started, and I can’t tell you the number of people I have stopped to talk with at church.
I don’t know what this means in eternity, but it sure seems to be meaningful to the person at that time. Plus, I now have dozens of new friends at church!
David MeseckApril 4, 2018 at 10:38 am
I’ve done the same, and have been blessed by the fact that there are so many people in need, and so many people in churches that are so timid and uncomfortable with their own spirituality, that they can’t bring themselves to tell anyone about Jesus. When you take the first step, it is like exercising, the more you stretch yourself, the better you will feel, and grow.
May God Bless you for sharing your story.
TerryJanuary 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm
I’ve been a greeter at my church for a couple of years because I saw new people standing around with nobody talking to them often. At the very least I can say hello and smile at every person coming through the door! This article was inspiring so I will pass it on to other greeters in my church!